Keywords: user columns
Description: It is a good idea to define your basic page style (such as Default ) with the most common layout to be used in your document, either single-column or multiple-column. You can then either define
It is a good idea to define your basic page style (such as Default ) with the most common layout to be used in your document, either single-column or multiple-column. You can then either define extra page styles for pages with different numbers of columns or use sections (described in Using sections for page layout ) for pages or parts of pages with different numbers of columns.
The Settings area displays five predefined column layouts. To use one of them, click the desired layout.
If you prefer to create a customized column layout, you must specify the number of columns that you want by entering the desired number in the Columns box.
To create evenly-spaced columns that are all the same width, check the AutoWidth checkbox in the Width and spacing area.
- In the Width and spacing area, clear the AutoWidth checkbox.
- On the Width line, enter a width for each column.
- On the Spacing line, enter the amount of space that you want between each pair of columns.
If you specify more than three columns, use the arrow keys on the Column line to scroll among the columns.
- Eighteen separator line options exist: None or various lines of thicknesses which range from 0.05 to 9 pt). From the Line drop-down list in the Separator line area, select the type of line that you want. (1 pt = 1 point = 1/12 pica = 1⁄72 inch = 127⁄360 mm = 0.3527 mm.)
- The default format is for the separator lines to have the same height as the columns. If you want the separator lines to be shorter than the columns, use the Height box to enter the height of the separator lines as a percentage of the height of the columns. For example, if you enter 50%. the separator lines will be half as high as the columns.
- If you entered a height of less than 100%, use the Position drop-down list to select a vertical alignment for the separator lines. The vertical-positioning options are: Top. Centered. or Bottom .
To revert to a single-column layout for the page style, go to the Settings area and either reset the number in the Columns box to 1 or click the single-column layout icon.
You might want some parts of a page to have one column and other parts of the page to have two or more columns. For example, you might have a page-width headline over a three-column news story.
You can create columns and then type or paste text into them, or you can select some existing text and change the number of columns for displaying it.
When you select text and change the number of columns for that text, Writer turns the selected text into a section.
You cannot select text on a two-column page and change it to a single column using this method. Instead, you need to define a single-column page and then select the text you want to be in a two-column section.